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>>> disaster in japan. efforts to control that crippled nuclear power plant have failed. officials admit burying the reactors in cement may be the only option left. as japan remembers the devastating quake and tsunami that hit one week ago today, changing their country forever. >>> and the battle for libya. the u.n. security council gives the okay for international military action against moammar gadhafi's forces. military action against moammar gadhafi's forces. but is it too little, too late? captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody, and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. the nuclear crisis in japan moves into its second week. and this morning, the head of the u.n.'s nuclear energy agency says japan is racing against the clock. here's the latest. engineers hope to reconnect electricity to at least two of the reactors at the fukushima daiichi power plant sometime today. but, it is unclear if any of the cooling systems will work. smoke is rising from reactor number 2, but officials don't know why. fire trucks are now being used to spray water on the plant, and att
this morning on the earthquake and the tsunami in japan as well as the new tense development at one of its nuclear power stations. but before we get to that, we want to check in with rosemary because rain is on the way. hi, rosemary. >> good morning to you! today mainly dry. maybe a spritz, that's about it. by sunday we're definitely going to see the rain. tsunami advisories still in place for our local coasts. we'll update you on that in just a few moments. for today we'll be turning cloudy, by tomorrow the rain will return. and into next week looks a bit unsettled with a few storms expected to follow. this morning we are partly cloudy and cool. we'll look at your current temperatures coming up. >>> we start this morning with the very latest on the developing situation in japan following a deadly earthquake and tsunami. the 8.9 magnitude quake hit thursday night, resulting in a 23-foot tsunami that pulverized the northeastern apartment of the coast. today there was an explosion at a nuclear power station and right now a massive military response is underway to help many of those affected
will keep you posted as we learn more details in this continuing, developing story. >>> on the verge. japan's nuclear crisis creeps toward catastrophe as a third reactor is rocked by an explosion and a fourth catches fire. >>> nikkei nose-dive. japanese stocks go into a freefall with investors panicked by radiation fears. >>> and sticker shock. russia jacks up the price of flying american astronauts into space. good morning, everyone, i'm lynn berry. those stories and more are straight ahead. this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with a nuclear nightmare. radiation levels spiked in japan this year in the wake of a series of explosions at the fukushima nuclear power plant just days after suffering its most crippling catastrophe ever. japan is now facing the world's worst nuclear disaster since chernobyl. for the latest we turn to kristen dahlgren in tokyo. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. the latest radiation levels appear to have leveled off some, but a spike earlier had us talking about levels that could affect human health, so there is great concern here i
in libya. also breaking news on the deteriorating situation in japan. so welcome, once again, to "american morning." it's been a week now since all of this happened. the tsunami, the earthquake, the number of dead in japan continuing to rise as hopes fade of finding any more survivors amid the rubble. in the meantime, the radiation concerns are spreading, as well. crews are now desperately trying to cool down fuel at one nuclear reactor. the number of dead has climbed to 6,500 people. and the search grows more frantic with 10,000 people still missing. >>> turning to fast-moving developments in libya, stopping gadhafi. britain, france, and the u.s. are scrambling to enforce a no-fly zone over libya now that the u.n. security council has authorized all necessary measures. cnn international correspondent nic robertson is live in tripoli. good morning, nic. >> reporter: good morning, christine. well, we've already heard from the deputy foreign minister here who says he doesn't expect immediate air strikes here, but wouldn't say what preparations the army or anyone else in the country may be ta
>>> coming up next on eyewitness news, deadly disaster, new concerns of a nuclear meltdown in japan, while that country is still reeling from yesterday's powerful earthquake. >>> many marylanders wait to hear from loved ones in the devastation after the historic earthquake in japan. i'm weijia jiang, hear their story next. >>> game advocates thought 2011 would be their year. we'll explain what is standing in the way of legalizing same-sex marriage. >>> the skies are clear this morning, could we see some warmer weather on the horizon soon? meteorologist tim williams a the answer in his first warning weather forecast. eyewitness news saturday morning starts now. >>> we are getting a look at the scope of the devastation in japan this morning, as a massive rescue effort is underway to find survivors of the disaster that rocked the entire pacific. good morning, welcome to eyewitness news this saturday, i'm gigi barnett. we'll have more on the situation in a moment, but first. >> good morning to you. those pictures and this whole situation is as fascinating as it is horrible. it's one of
>>> also, new nuclear concerns in japan that there is a direct connection to the u.s. navy. >>> it's been an anxious morning for some b.a.r.t. comcommuters -- commuters. >>> right now, hundreds of bay area community college students and their supporters are heading north to the state's capitol. "mornings on 2" starts now. >>> well, good morning to you. i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. it's monday, march 14th. >>> just hours ago, b.a.r.t. took -- took care of one problem. >> sal has more on the coverage. >> what happened? >> the system is running well. allie rasmus has more. >> reporter: well, right now, there are delays of trains coming in san francisco. at the concord station. that brought the strain line and traffic to a complete standstill. news chopper 2 was overhead when it happened. b.a.r.t. officials still don't know why that derailment happened. crews worked overnight to remove the derailed tank -- train. at 4:00 a.m. this morning, the work was complete and selves was restored. back out here live, there were delays. when we talked to commuters this morning, they are re
official here in the united states says that the primary containment structure of those reactors in japan, it looks like has breached. it raises the risk now of a further release of radioactive material. let's go right to tokyo now. msnbc chris jansing is standing by. i received a note the winds have shifted and are blowing over the pacific sxnt over tokyo. i'm sure people there are very concerned. >> reporter: it's been a very concerning situation because there have been levels, low levels i need to emphasize that of radiation here in tokyo. it has caused enough of a red flag that the french government has advised its citizens to leave the capital. the austrian government is moving its embassy here to osaka. u.s. embassy officials nbc news has learned had a meeting earlier today with folks who work there, with their families to try to elay some of the concerns of americans living here in tokyo. it has been confirmed for us. we talked to people involved in the meeting that several people stood up and said, should i stay or should i go? that is the question a lot of people, especially peop
countries like japan -- excuse me -- china and india. there is not a lot of overlap in those the use -- those views. you have an opportunity to agree with steve and me to come back where we can -- to come back to where we can get things done. you can make the case in a practical sense of what difference transit and your investment has made in your community, what difference it makes in terms of the fabric of the community, the environment, being able to deal with social equity. you have a case to make. i am proud of what we have done in portland, oregon over the last 30 years. transit made it possible for portland to be the nation's most popular european city. there is a joke about young people going there to retire. but the quality of life is good enough that people feel like they are retiring. we have an opportunity to stress in our downtown, our neighboring community. we give people transportation choices. there has been spectacular re- investment that would not have been possible had it not been for transit. we need you to advocate for what transit means to you now and what it wi
>>> choppers in the air, water cannons on the ground, japan launches an attack on a crippled nuclear reactor hoping sea water can stop an unfolding nuclear catastrophe on this "american morning." i'm christine romans. welcome to "american morning." it's march 17th, st. patrick's day. >> st. paddy's day. you are irish? >> somewhere am i irish. >> have you have green eyes. >> i'm irish. >> i'm kiran chetry. we're following the latest on japan's crisis. the focus is how to get the reactors cooled down, specifically reactor number three at fukushima's daiichi power station. military helicopters are dropping 30 tons of sea waters on the crippled reactor's pool. >> they're also spraying on the ground, up to a dozen water truxz a trucks are in place. the united states is telling americans to get at least 50 miles away from the reactor. >> there is one more critical development to watch for, engineers are planning to begin the process, which is key in this whole thing, of restoring power to the daiichi complex. they want to bring in external power lines to try to get the plant's cool
. frightening news from japan this morning. reports that their milk and food supply is now contaminated with radiation. and this morning, the heroic workers at the crippled nuclear plant in japan, are trying to start the cooling pumps to prevent a meltdown. >>> strange twist. police uncover what they say was a murder plot at this upscale yoga clothing store, in a posh washington, d.c., suburb. did this woman, murder her co-worker and then bind and gag herself so that she could claim to be a victim? >>> and hacked. who is hacking into celebrities' e-mail accounts? and leaking embarrassing photos and information? more than 50 female stars have been hit so far. and now, the fbi is on the case. >>> good morning, again. we have two, big stories developing this morning. let's take another look at those pictures out of libya. the rebels say they shot down one of moammar gadhafi's war planes while it was attacking them. is this proof that gadhafi is defying america? also this morning, gadhafi says he's just sent a letter to president obama, saying he is prepared to die in this fight. >>> also i
aftershocks. japan's index, the nikkei nose dived. the stock average fell 10.6%, down as much as 14% off one point during the day as worries of more reactor explosions increased. tokyo electric power stock, the owner of these reactors fell nearly 25% today. a look at our markets today, as you see, red arrows across the board. the dow jones down by 215 points. it's only 11:00 a.m. it's a reaction to what we have seen overseas and many market analysts did expect this. i'm thomas roberts. great to have you with me. japanese officials did raise the death toll to more than 2,700 people today but thousands more are still missing and boys continue to wash ashore. 400,000 people are homeless battling cold and windy conditions. nbc's ian williams is innia ma ga ta with the latest on the rescue and aid operations. >> good morning from yamagata air base where u.s. smirlt officers are in discussion about aid for survivors of the disaster. this could become a forward operating base for a major u.s. marine operation. we witnessed a navy c-130 transport aircraft fly in earlier. a heavy lift aircraft capabl
17th. >>> in japan, crews are finishing laying a new cable. it will supply more reliable electricity needed to keep the reactors cool at an earthquake- damaged nuclear plant. restoring electricity to the plant is the best way to avoid a meltdown. nuclears have been overheating since the tsunami knocked out the cooling systems and also destroy thed the -- destroyed the generator. crews were flying missions about 40 minutes each to limit their radiation exposure from the helicopters. >>> meanwhile, the united states has authorized the first evacuations of americans. the state department says chartered planes will be brought in to help private american citizens wishing to leave japan. >>> u.s. citizens are also being urged to defer all nonessential travel to any part of that country because unpredictable wind conditions could spread radioactive contamination. and the u.s. is still telling americans living -- living within 50 miles of the damaged plant to leave the area or at least remain indoors while the japanese government is limiting its warning to people living within 12 miles of th
to northwest. that's a check of your fox 5 on-time traffic. >>> let's get the latest on the disaster in japan. tension is still high as officials are racing to avoid another catastrophe in the quake-damaged nuclear plant. a second fire broke out at one of the reactors sending out high levels of radiation in the atmosphere. it forced emergency workers to temporarily flee. >> we get more from sherry ly with the latest on what is happening. >> reporter: japan's emperor went on television calling the nuclear crisis unpredictable and saying he is deeply concerned and hopes things will not get worse. workers are trying to avert a catastrophe but the surge in radiation forced them to material suspend their efforts to stop a meltdown. they are considering spraying water and boric acid over the plant to cool the reactors and contain the radiation. a reactor fire went off today. workers were forced to leave. since friday's earthquake, three of the reactors at the fukushima dai-ichi power plant had explosions. many fuel rods are damaged and japanese television reports the cores of two reactors have part
a economy. of the disaster in japan continues to unfold and the economic effects are being felt here. ford motor co. told its dealers a cannot deliver a specific color paint because the pigment is made in japan and the longer available. this is a week where japan plays a big part in boosting our economy thanks to a 1912 gift of friendship. thiss the week we kickoff cherry blossom festival thanks to those 3000 trees delivered from japan. joining us today elliott ferguson ceo of destination c. we are glad to have him here to discuss the festival and the importance of tourism. we know about the people come to town because we see all the traffic but how many are expecting in town? >> thank you for having me here today, rebecca. we are expecting over 1 million people to come to whington, d.c. in the 2011, similar to what we had last year. for us, it is the beginning of the spring tourism season and it launches the entire mentum of tourism for the city for the rest of the year. >> there was some talk behind closed doors about canceling the festival entirely because of the events in japan. it st
. "first look" is up next. >>> desperate measures. the world watches and waits as japan tries to contain its nuclear crisis. survival instinct, incredible new video of heroic rescues during the craftic tsunami. and royal jewel, the see-through dress that caught a prince's eye sells for a whopping sum. good morning. i'm lynn berry. those stories and more on "first look" on msnbc. today, we begin with a race against the clock. japan is desperately trying to reconnect power to critical cooling systems at the fukushima power plant. this as smoke has once again been seen rising from the crippled nuclear facility. today high-capacity fire engines are blasting tons of water into the hot zone, an unexplained switch from yesterday's air attacks. >> reporter: tons of water, the difference between salvation and catastrophe at japan's stricken nuclear plant. >> the situation remains very serious. but there's been no significant worsening since yesterday. >> reporter: the cloud billowing from the fukushima daichi plant on wednesday was all but gone thursday, but the possibility of a meltdown is still
>>> we've learned a diplomat is confirming radio active fallout from japan has reached southern california. but we have the reason why bay area residents should not be concerned. >>> there's still disturbing overnight news from japan. the big change in the nuclear threat level. >>> also, why this is a nerve- racking morning for thousands of bay area parents. "mornings on 2" begins right now. >>> well, good morning. i'm dave clark. >> i'm tori campbell. it's friday, march 18th. >>> rain falling in parts of the bay area, windy out there and the big storm is on the way, right, steve? >> that's correct. we've had pockets of moderate rain and then we'll get areas where it's cloudy and the rain lets out. it's already moving in towards mendocino county and for the bay, it's beginning to show itself across the coast. there's area where the rain has picked up, especially towards napa and down towards rodeo and cordelia. south bay had a little bit of rain. looks like it's let up. on the peninsula, there's one band that went through. there's still plenty to come. this front will give us mo
>>> a devastating earthquake triggers a tsunami that slams into japan. >> killing others and carrying away homes, cars and buildings, putting the west coast of the u.s. on a tsunami watch. >> hi. i'm kai jackson. >> and i'm mary mary bubala. here's what people are talking about. >>> one of the biggest earthquakes ever unleashes a tsunami on japan. and it is putting the nations around the pacific ocean on alert. sandra hughes has concerns on the u.s. west coast. yet we begin with randall pinkston, reporting for wjz on the widespread devastation. >> reporter: the massive tsunami swallowed entire villages on japan's northeast coast and left others burning through the night. the 23-foot wave, triggered by the largest ever in japan, swept away by cars, boats. in one coastal town alone, 1800 homes were badly damaged or destroyed. they have recovered 300 bodies. hundreds more are missing. the quake centered around northeast of tokyo. >> it was so strong. and the undulation of the earth was so powerful that we actually had to kind of hang onto the outside of our house. >> reporte
.s. nuclear watchdog is saying get out because it is getting worse. japan is consumed with enormous uncertainty. is there going to be a met down? nothing is looking encouraging. the u.s. and japan are with each other how close we are to a meltdown. u.s. nuclear agency is urging americans to stay 50 miles from the fukushima nuclear power plant. at home, the president is under attack by some for what he was doing today. unveiling his march madness draft picks. more on that later. first, extremely high. u.s. nuclear regulatory commission warning of extremely high radiation levels. so bad that right now u.s. forces have been directed not to go near fukushima. americans have been told to keep 50 miles away. that's more than double than what the japanese had been warned. the eu energy commissioner says practically everything is out of control. will this crisis be contained? no one knows. we know there is white smoke bursting out of fukushima and it is unexplained. and the u.s. says the water that was supposed to cool the spent fuel rods at unit 4 is now gone. the japanese, they deny it.
traffic is going to be okay still. 5:00 let's go back to the desk. >>> today japan increased the alert of its nuclear crisis from a level four to a level five on a scale of seven. that level five puts the japanese nuclear incident at the same level of the 1979 five mile disaster. fire trucks are spraying water on over heated nuclear reactors. they are still trying to prevent a meltdown and they are trying to install a new power line to that plant hoping to get the cooling systems working again. >>> the radio active plume from japan is expected to pass over southern california sometime today. but health experts say there is no cause for concern. ktvu channel 2 reporter jade hernandez is over at uc berkeley again this morning. one of the places they will be monitoring the radiation levels today. >> reporter: good morning they all say the same thing. harmful levels of radiation aren't expected to descend on the bay area. this is a computer generated model that somehows the -- that shows the area of the plume making its way over from japan. the epa does not expect harmful levels of radiati
. >>> in japan, rescue workers are using chain saws and hand picks to dig out bodies in japan's devastated coastal region. as mary ann rafferty shows us, there was a second explosion at a nuclear plant. we can take a look at some of the photos here coming in. we are having trouble with mary ann's audio. we'll pass that along to you in a little bit. the fairfax county urban search and rescue team on the ground in japan with other humanitarian aid on the way. their mission is to help people found out at sea in addition to under the rubble. american navy bases are close to the quake zone helping with efforts there. the u.s. sent one other urban search and rescue team. that team is from los angeles. of course, our coverage will be online on let's check back in with mary ann after -- rafferty with a look at japan. >> there was a loud bang followed by white smoke and a third reactor of the power planted. it is likely that a hydrogen explosion occurred. >> reporter: authorities have been frantically trying to cool the plant down following a system failure in the wake of a massive ea
from where we left off on friday. >> breaking news from japan. >> smoke spotted coming from a damaged nuclear reactor. engineers are struggling there to prevent a meltdown after a devastating earthquake and tsunami earlier this month. let's get to anna coren. i understand it's now been evacuated. what's going on there? >> reporter: that's exactly right, ali. they thought they were getting a handle on the situation, that it was stable until about 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. that was when they saw gray smoke coming from reactor number three. that's been a reactor that was a huge problem. where they think there are low levels o of water in the pools that house the spent fuel rods. so when the smoke came at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, it only took about 15 minutes before they decided they needed to get the workers out of there straight away into another building. there are some 430 workers at the fukushima daiichi power plant. we don't know how many were involved in reactor three. and we don't have any reports of, you know, severe exposure to radiation or injuries. we are working to get those
>>> the danger of a nuclear disafter ther in japan continues to grow. >> the situation at a plant damaged in the earthquake and tsunami so severe that workers fighting to prevent a meltdown were withdrawn from the plant. the latest on the radiation risk this morning. >>> here at home. >>> the search for suspects in a murder at a bethesda business continues. what the community is doing it keep everyone safe. fox 5 morning news continues right now. >>> good morning. it is 6:00 on this wednesday, march 16th. thank you for waking up with us this morning as we take a live look over washington, d.c. a little wet on the roadways out there as you head out today. thanks for waking up with us. i'm sarah simmons. >> i'm steve chenevey. glad to be along with you this morning. tony perkins with us as we try to dry things out today. >> we had some overnight rain, a couple more showers out there to the east. we'll see improvement through the course of the day although i think a lot of clouds will hang around. we'll show you how things are shaping up early this morning. you will see that the prec
americans who are in japan it is time to consider getting out today, thursday, march 17th, 2011. >> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," disaster in japan with matt lauer and meredith vieira. live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. welcome to "today" on a thursday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm savannah guthrie in for meredith who is on assignment. a sign of how desperate things are in japan that they are willing to try such a long shot. helicopters dropping water from the air. >> want to take a look at the video right now. as you can see when they do that a significant amount of that water seems to be dispersed by the wind. now massive high pressure water cannons, the kind you have seen police use on rioters will be used to hoes dose down the reac from the ground. more on this desperate attempt just ahead. >>> growing disagreement today between officials in japan and here in the u.s. over the severity of the situation. the chair of the u.s. regulatory commission believes a storage pool holding highly radioactive spent fuel rods may be completely empty at
to "washington journal" on this wednesday, march 16, 2011. the latest from japan -- "the new york times" headline -- "second reactor may have ruptured." first, let's start with the war in afghanistan. do you think it is worth fighting? a "the washington post" abc news poll says 2/3 of americans say it is not. the numbers -- we also have a line set up for active duty military. you can also e-mail us and we are on twitter. we will read your tweets on the air this morning. this is the story in "the washington post" yesterday looking at the war in afghanistan. "the afghan war is not worth fighting, most in the u.s. say." host: what do you think? is the war in afghanistan worth fighting? do you think it has been productive so far? if you think this time for a pullout? fairfax, virginia. jack joins us. good morning. caller: good morning. i had a comment about the war and one other comment. i do not think it is worth fighting. we're spending $2 billion per week and countless companies are just taking this money. it cannot be accounted for. that is why i think the republicans are all four wards because t
for sometime. wjz has complete coverage of the disaster in japan. tim williams is tracking the tsunami that ripped through the pacific. yet we begin with randall pinkston with the latest on the damage in japan. >>> >>> the massive saw su -- tsunami left people burning through the night. it swept away cars, boats and buildings. in one coastal town alone, 1800 houses were destroyed or badly damaged. police in the city of sendai have already counted some 300 bodies. hundreds more are missing. the 8.9 magnitude quake, centered about 340 miles northeast of tokyo, hit just before 3:00. >> it was so strong. and the undalation of the earth was so powerful that we actually had to kind of hang onto the outside of our house. >> reporter: large buildings shook. the prime minister felt it inside parliament. more than 4 million buildings in and around tokyo are without power. >> my workers are all just staying in the office. i can't get out. there's no trains going anywhere. >> reporter: a massive fire raised at this power plant. and authorities have evacuated thousands of residents, living near nuc
than 40 nations to discuss libya. >>> frustration is grow anything japan. it's been more than two weeks since the earthquake in japan. here's the report from new york. >> reporter: japan's prime minister defended the government's actions after the earthquake and tsunami damaged the plant. opposition lawmakers and parliament weren't convinced. you're the prime minister, said this politician, what were you thinking when you ran out of the office? today, the workers continue trying to remove the highly radioactive water. and there's a new concern, the presence of plutonium in the ground nearby. in washington, the u.s. energy commission's top nuclear expert told the committee, they're slowly recovering and the presence of pollute tone yum is ex-- plutonium is expect and not to be alarming. >> it's not in significant levels. >> reporter: the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission is reviewing safety commissions at nuclear plants in america. one of the most significant concerns is how to handle a power loss at a plant. radiation is being checked in japan again. >> we probably don't get close enou
with some breaking news out of tokyo, japan. that city of about 7 million people has a new concern about radiation right now. >> and it's flowing out of every tap. new tests on tokyo's water have found it to be two-times above the limit for radioactive iodine considered safe for infants. parents are now being told to keep it away from youngsters. but the level of iodine is said to pose no immediate health risk to adults. >> also this morning, broccoli was added to an expanding list of tainted vegetables grown in that area around japan's crippled nuclear plant. the fda has already halted all imports from that region. we'll have more about that coming up. >>> meanwhile today, even more breaking news. there is word of an evacuation of workers from one of those crippled reactors at the fukushima nuclear plant. that evacuation came amidst some black smoke from the reactor. all six of the reactors have been reconnected, now, to power lines. but it still could weeks or months before the lines could power the facility's all-important cooling systems. >>> now, to libya, where moammar gadhafi's cl
:00. >>> crippled nuclear plant in japan. wjz has complete coverage. alex demetrick has complete support. one week after the earthquake and tsunami, the relief effort is being overshadowed by the fears of a nuclear disaster. >>> white smoke billowed from one of four damaged reactors, as crews frantically work to restore power at the crippled plant. they're trying to restart cooling pumps and prevent a total meltdown. but it's unclear whether the systems will operate when the electricity is restored. new video shows extensive damage. japanese officials responded to criticism that they're downplaying the severity of radiation leaks. >> on friday, the government acknowledged they were slow to respond to the crisis. test flights show the worst contamination has not spread past the 19-mile evacuation zone. >> nuclear radioactivity was dangerous. harmful for human health. in other cities, like in tokyo, it is not the case. >> reporter: but many in tokyo are leaving. forecasters say shifting winds could push radiation toward the capital over the weekend. >> united nation scientists who are currently in j
night here in japan. the snows were very heavy around the most seriously affected areas. so you have all the people without heat, without electricity. food and water supplies remain very low as do gas supplies. it is tough for people to get around, although they did have some buses of people, evacuees they were able to take out of the immediate area. and they're continuing to test people, including babies for radiation contamination. but red cross workers, other international aid organizations, they're being very cautious right now. they have actually pulled back a little farther away from the nuclear plant. obviously they want to protect the health and safety of their workers as they try to deal with this humanitarian crisis. thomas? >> chris jansing in tokyo for us. chris, thanks so much. >>> the radiation released from nuclear power plants raises concerns about whether wind conditions will spread the radiation to other regions. jennifer car fog kncarfagno has tracking the winds for us. let's talk about what chris was reporting about the dangerous freezing temperature s that some peopl
learning that her body was found in the tsunami wreckage in japan where she had had teaching english. taylor anderson is the first american victim confirmed in the disaster. >>> now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. in pennsylvania, one homeowner's spring cleaning became a much bigger job after a massive muddy water erupted from an old mine shaft. the mess occurred when an underground drainage pipe burst. the water was eventually redirected away from the home, but not before everybody in the basement was destroyed. in washington, d.c., mother nature used the sky over the nation's capital to put on a dazzling light show during the predawn hours. dramatic lightning proved to be just the opening act for a rough day of weather in the region. thunderstorms with heavy rain made the morning commute tough with more expected in the area over the next few days. >>> and finally, in florida, just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, well, it actually is. despite a look at this video. a group of sight seers and a kayaker had nothing to worry abo
health. >>> the body of the first american known to have per risched in japan's disaster has been pound. lee cowan has the story. >> reporter: before march 11th, most americans never heard. that district in japan. taylor anderson knew it in better days. the girl from richmond, virginia made it her home. >> she loved it. she loved the culture and the people. she loved teaching the japanese children. she was living her dream. >> reporter: she taught more than english. she taught compassion. she helped get people out until the time to save herself was gone. >> it took rescuers day to go through the debris. it seemed hopeless. yet, nine days in, a 16-year-old boy was found clinging to a roof, exhausted in cold but alive. he had saved his 80-year-old grandmother, too, after finding the refrigerator stocked with yogurt and coke. i always knew there was something special about it. her parents got a call she had been found. it was a mistake. she was still lost in all of that rubble. in a short statement, her parents wished what her daughters would have wished. please remain playing for all who
a economy. of the disasaster in japan continues to unfold and the economic effects are being felt here ford motor co. told its dealers a cannot deliver a specific color paint because the pigment is made in japan and the longer available. this is a week where japan plays a big part in boosting our economy thks to a 1912 gift of friendship. this i is the week we kickoff cherry blossom festival thanks to those 3000 trees delivered from japan. joining usus today elliott ferguson ceo of destination d.c. we are glad to have him he to discuss the festival and the importance of tourism. we know about the people come to town because we see all the traffic but how many are we expecting in totown? >> thank youor having me here today, rebecca. we are expecting or 1 million people to come to washington, d.c. in the 2011, similar to what we had lastear. for us, it is the beginning of the spring tourism season and it launches the entire momomentum of tourism for the city for the rest of the year. >> there was s some talk behind closed doors about canceling the festival entirely because of the events in ja
. >>> greater concern out of the damaged nuclear plant in japan this morning. smoke seen from a damaged reactor as president obama works to assure americans there is no radiation risk in the u.s. fox 5 morning news continues right now. >>> we're going to get started at 6:00 thon friday as we look live over washington, d.c. this morning. it will be a nice one. temperatures already nice out there this mourn. it will be a great day. good morning, thank you for waking up with fox 5 morning news. i'm sarah simmons. >>> i'm steve chenevey, thank you for being with us this friday morning. let's say good morning to tony perkins. >> good morning everybody. not a bad day on tap for us. let's take a look, get to it, your satellite-radar composite, no moisture or precipitation out there i should say. humidity levels 75, 76%. we do have clouds across the region this morning. i do think we will feature some clouds during the course of the day. will we see sunshine? yes, there will be clouds around as well. nothing in the way of precipitation for us during the day. off to the west you could see a little showe
continue to follow the deadly earthquake and tsunami in japan this morning. the official death toll now standing at 2800 but some estimate that could go as high as 10,000. >> the country has experienced more than 150 aftershocks. most recent a 6.2 earthquake. and there is new word that nuclear fuel rods were temporarily closed. >> that was in unit two of the nuclear plant. the exposure raises the risk of a reactor overheating which could lead to a meltdown. >> and it is the latest concern for what is already a busy day for the plant as the country struggles to begin picking up the pieces. >> reporter: a hydrogen explosion rocked the nuclear plant on monday. it isn't clear how much, if any, radiation has been released. >> there was a loud bang followed by white smoke in the third reactor of the power plant. it's likely that a hydrogen explosion occurred. >> reporter: authorities have been frantically trying to cool the plant following a system failure in the wake of a massive earthquake and tsunami. the government has evacuated tens of thousands near the area. monday also brought a power
. p 3 renewed concerns tonight... about the nuclear power plant in japan... hit by the japanese experts disagree on the risk of a meltdown. meltdown. u-s experts say used nuclear fuel rods that were covered wwth the air...heating up.......and sending out lots of radiation. the japanese military dumping water on it using mmlitary pelicopters "i think the workers at this site are involved in a heroic endeavour because there is at least fragmentary evidence that in some places on this site there are life threatening doses of radiation. so i think they are doing enormously heroic work." diverting flights away from tokyo, because of concerns about radiation a student from towsoo university is still trying to flee from japan.she's been in tokyo since august with a student exchange program. while her mom back here maryland... woories and waits. melinda roeder explains what phey're doing to bring her back home. home. 08:33:12 "she's been wanting to go to japan since middle school."remembering happer times... cynthia jacob searches through her daughters pictures... posted online. 0
at the pentagon. >>> let's go to japan where fears continue to spread, the death toll continues to client. today marks one week after the massive earthquake and the devastating tsunami which battered the country. 6,911 are confirmed dead and another 10,000 are still missing. survivors across japan observed a moment of silence today at the exact time that the quake struck. many still wearing face masks, many of them still in shock. a lot of the survivors are huddling in nearby shelters. japanese media reporting some 380,000 people in shelters. what makes matters worse, some of the shelters with without power and facing freezing temperatures. some survivors are returning home for the first time since the tsunami like this retired firefighter. he lost his home and entire family. >> translator: my wife, my son's family and four grandchildren. i lost them all. >> as for the nuclear crisis, things are not looking much better in fukushima. japan's nuclear agency raised the crisis level on the damaged planted there. you're looking at it, from a four to a five. that raises it to the same level as three m
. that is a completely separate matter. >> another question from the back. the lady. >> i am a historian of japan. i had a political question. criticism of the democratic party of japan for its handling, but there seem to be long term implications of the government. comparison being made with the earlier party. do they think the ldp would have done a better job? it seems to me that would pay half -- it would have to think that the other two would be better. >> the jury is not out on that question. >> still out. >> still loud, i am sorry. [laughter] i think they have a tremendous opportunity to prove that they are capable of being a ruling party that is as good or better than the ldp. if they fail to meet that challenge, then the sentiment will grow that maybe the ldp is the only one we can rely on, whatever their faults. >> i asked partly because i have a friend who is a supporter of the jdp and i think she's come panic richer -- comparing their reaction with the earlier party. i think she feels that they are at least trying to do better than the ldp and terms of getting the affirmation out. would you a
to be heartbroken by the images of devastation in japan. i know all of you young and old have been watching people magnitude of this tragedy unfold. i want to reiterate america's support for the people of japan. who are some of our closest friends and allies. i have said directly to the prime minister of japan, prime ministerkahn, the united states will offer any assistance we can as japan recovers from multiple disasters. we will stand with the people of japan in the difficult days ahead. i just had a chance to talk with some of your teachers as well as some students who told me about your all school project weaving the life and music of duke ellington into your glasses. by getting students engaged in learning, you are teaching the kind of skills about how to think and work together that young people will need in college and beyond. that is what all of our schools need to be doing. in an economy that is more competitive and connected than ever before, a good job and a good career is going to demand a good education. over the next 10 years, nearly half of all new jobs are going to require more tha
potential setback as japan struggles to contain its nuclear reactor crisis. >>> and fallen star, fans mourn of sudden death of germany's most beloved zoo animal. >>> good morning, everyone, i'm lynn berry, those stories and more are straight afed, this is "first look" on msnbc. >>> we begin this morning with targeting libya. american and european militaries spent the weekend launching intense strikes on libya. in a mission aimed at halting moammar gadhafi's brutal attacks on anti-government rebels. although the american officials say u.s. is not trying to kill gadhafi, operation odyssey dawn appears to have hit close to home for the libyan leader. nbc news learned that english forces conductsed a strike on his compound. it's not known where gadhafi was at the time. but aordering to "the new york times," journalists bussed to the site didn't report casualties. >>> and u.s. defense secretary robert gates intends to hand over leadership of the coalition in a matter of days. for more on the operation, we go to nbc's brian moore. >> reporter: with a second day of fighter jet attacks and missile
sarah. >>> now to the latest on the unfolding disaster in japan. military helicopters are dropping water on the crippled nuclear reactors trying to cool rods and replenish water in cooling pools and also reconnect power lines. meanwhile, the state department is going to evacuate u.s. citizens out of japan. the u.s. is telling all americans within 50 miles of that plant to move. >>> now to a developing story this morning. an explosion outside of a home in potomac. this happened in the 9200 block of inglewood drive. shortly after 9:00 p.m., a hazardous material unit was called to the scene because an unusual odor that was reported. the incident is under investigation still. >>> some other top stories, a major shakeup in the gray administration. major gray asked for and received the resignation of the chief of staff, gerri hall. she is widely blamed for the administration's missteps during the first two months in office that includes the hiring of political appointees children and giving higher than legal salaries to them. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is leaving her post in 2012 e
>>> a lot of news happening overnight in libya, japan, and right here at home. i'm kiran chetry. we want to get you up to date. in japan, new concerns a at one of the nuclear reactors and word that radiation is spilling into the ocean. >> and it's moving in the air here in the united states, another state detecting radiation from fukushima. this one is on the east coast. we'll tell you how high the radiation levels are and how it could have possibly been spread here. >>> in libya, the no-fly zone in place. rebels make steady progress toward tripoli. here at home, president obama plans to make his case why libya matters to us. "american morning" begins right now. >>> so we do have that lot going on, but the head scratcher is the final four. you've got two unlikely schools, vcu and butler. >> we've had some upsets. although somebody pointed out the other day, you can't keep calling butler an upset when it keeps doing it. >> that's right. >>> let's stick with the top stories on japan. a lot of people wondering what's going on with the radiation disaster in japan. and another tsunami sc
. >>> in japan now, a disturbing new discovery overnight. it could be a sign that the nuclear crisis there may be getting worse. >> i'm ali velshi, cnn exclusive. president obama defends america's role in libya and talks about whether he deserved that nobel peace prize. >>> research in motion is going to try to take down the ipad with its own tablet pc. let's get started, "american morning" begins right now. >>> all right. good morning. it is wednesday. >> yesterday we thought we were making some progress in japan. with heard they had restored power to a couple of the reactors, and again this morning. news has taken a turn for the worse. >> black smoke is rising from one of the reactors at daiichi's power plant and dangerous levels of radiation have been discovered in the tap water in tokyo. levels in the tap water there are double the legal limit for infants to drink. tokyo is 150 miles from the crippled daiichi power station. the likely source, of course, of this contamination. residents are being warned not to allow babies to drink tap water. and there are radiation issues with the food in
and new technologies. we discussed the situation in japan. i want to reiterate how heartbroken whereby the images of the devastation. although japan is a highly advanced economy technologically equipped to rebuild, at this moment of crisis, all of us join together in providing any help and assistance we can in the days and months to come. i am in close contact with the prime minister and our teams are in close cooperation as is our military. we expect to continue to cooperate until we have some stabilization of the situation. prime minister rasmussen, thank you for the help you have provided to the u.s. and the leadership you have provided internationally. denmark is a country that punches above its way to. -- above its weight. we are glad about our relationship and we appreciate you took the time to visit us. >> thank you. thank you for your warm welcome and your great hospitality. i believe it is the true that denmark in the u.s. are close friends and fa allies. the bonds are strung between our governments and our peoples. ey then ian is the kin was glad to inform the president about
on the disaster in japan, japan is now asking the united states for help in stopping the crisis at the nuclear plant. the chief of the united nations atomic energy agency is calling the disaster a quote race against the clock that demands global cooperation. on the ground military trucks are spraying the reactors with water for a second day. many are worried about the radiation and more americans are returning home. >> reporter: the lines at the tokyo airport are long. for some the fear of being exposed to harmful radiation has become too much to handle. >> we've been advised by the u.s. ambassador and by a nuclear expert friend of mine that we should get out for now. otherwise, we wouldn't leave, because we love it here. we don't want to leave. >> it's for my children i'm scared. >> reporter: some flights from japan are bringing trace amounts of radiation with them, including o'hare and chicago. >> does it concern you that they've found trace radiation levels on peoplecoming back on these planes from japan from tokyo? >> well i guess i didn't know that. so yeah that is a little concerning. su
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